Förra månaden rapporterade vi nyheten att Riot Games skulle komma att göra stora ändringar till NA LCS, inklusive att göra ligan franchise-baserad och ändra regelverk. Nu har ledarna för några av lagen kommenterat detta via Red Bull Esports. Marty Strenczewilk från Splyce säger:
"There are a lot of amazing things to read in the announcement that were, I think, defining moments for esports as a genre, not just League of Legends. True revenue sharing, that reflects what we see in places like the NBA. 'Hey players, you're guaranteed to make this much money, but if we make more, you share it too' - just like basketball or other sports like that. All those great ways for this to be very successful."
Noah Whinston, CEO för Immortals var en annan som tyckte till:
"Honestly, Riot probably could have asked for more money. The fact that they didn't gives me a lot of confidence in their desire not to find the partners that are willing to break out the biggest cheque books, but the partners that share their long term view and their philosophy. I think it was a real show of good faith by Riot.
I would say that the application process is incredibly important not just for Riot, but even for me. I want to be a part of North American LCS franchising and if I'm going to be a part of that permanent partnership, I want to make sure that all the other teams that I'm working alongside are similarly well capitalised, similarly well run, and similarly motivated philosophically so that I know that we're all building the league together. Ultimately, that's what's going to make sure that the league succeeds in the long term. If you just lock in the 10 teams, there's too much of a risk that people aren't going to be on the same page."
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